Chocolate reviews and hands-on research indicate that the best cheap chocolates have a pleasant smell, a glossy/unblemished appearance, a snap when bitten into, a velvety mouth feel, and a lingering rich chocolate taste.
New York, NY (PRWEB) February 01, 2012
A new buying guide by Cheapism.com, a review site dedicated to finding quality low-cost products, put cheap chocolate to the taste test for Valentine’s Day and came up with a list of low-cost winners that deliver high-end taste worthy of gifting to a sweetheart.
In a blind tasting organized by Cheapism, panelists favored Cadbury Royal Dark Chocolate and Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate bars, Lindt Lindor Truffles, and Trader Joe's Box of Chocolates. Chocolate reviews and hands-on research indicate that the best cheap chocolates have a pleasant smell, a glossy/unblemished appearance, a snap when bitten into, a velvety mouth feel, and a lingering rich chocolate taste.
The top boxed chocolate pick, Lindt Lindor Truffles, was deemed “delectable” by tasters, with a ganache that’s not too sweet and a smooth consistency that literally melts on the tongue. Trader Joe’s Box of Chocolates -- an assortment that includes solid chocolate and toffee -- delighted panelists. The map inside the box scored bonus points.
Cadbury Royal Dark took the top spot for best chocolate bar. According to panelists, this dark chocolate displayed well-balanced flavor with a good amount of sweetness, a slight cinnamon undertone, and a smooth texture. They decided Dove Silky Smooth doesn’t quite live up to its name, but still awarded it runner-up status for its mild, mellow dark chocolate flavor and just the right touch of sweetness.
Although no milk chocolate earned a Cheapism’s cheap chocolate recommendation, high scorers included Trader Joe's Milk Chocolate and the pricier Michel Cliuzel Lait 45%. Tasters also liked Chocolove’s Almonds & Sea Salt in Dark Chocolate, which falls into the variety bar category.
To complete a Valentine’s Day celebration, Cheapism also recommends the best cheap champagne. Topping the list are Roederer Estate NV Brut, Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut NV, and Freixenet Cordon Negro Extra Dry -- all priced under $20.
Called by The New York Times “a Consumer Reports for the cheap,” Cheapism.com is a review site that serves consumers on a budget who want the best value for their money. Cheapism is the only review site that focuses exclusively on low-price products, a part of the market often overlooked by experts.